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How unemployment figures are worked out, according to the Office for National Statistics. (ONS)

Understanding unemployment:

((A person is classed as unemployed if not only out of work, but also actively looking for work and available to start work within a fortnight

Unemployment figures are based on a survey carried out by the Office for National Statistics. They show the average number of people unemployed over a three-month period

A new survey is done every month, but comparisons are made between separate three-month periods, not overlapping ones. e.g. April-June v Jan-March, not April-June v March-May

The ONS also publishes the claimant count which shows the number of people receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) in a particular month. That figure comes from information supplied by the Department for Work and Pensions

The unemployment figure is higher than the claimant count as many jobseekers do not or cannot claim JSA The two main measures can sometimes move in different directions. A change in benefits rules moving people on to JSA from another benefit, for example, would increase the claimant count without a corresponding increase in unemployment.))


Yesterday in the House of Commons Debates during questions about the Treasury regarding Employment Trends The Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Andrea Leadsom said the following in response to a question from David Burrowes “Under this Government, we have just seen the biggest drop in unemployment ever. In particular, long-term unemployment and youth unemployment are dropping fast, giving hope, prospects and a decent wage to so many in our country.”, and in response to a question from Helen Jones “A lot of the particularly big increases in employment have been among very young and older workers, who tend to earn less, but is not that great news for the longer-term prospects of those young people, who are off the unemployment register and developing skills for the future”

‘Those people’ that are on training schemes and are not counted as unemployed this proves that the government have not created the thousands of jobs that they claim to have done.

long-term unemployment and youth unemployment are dropping fast,”

“big increases in employment have been among very young and older workers,”

“young people, who are off the unemployment register and developing skills for the future”

In my opinion, unemployment is not dropping fast and employment is not increasing either. People are stuck in a never ending cycle of training, there isn’t the jobs out there for these people when they complete their training so the job centre recycle them back onto another training scheme. That way they are not counted as unemployed, but they are not in paid employment either. We’ll end up having a nation of well trained workers and still no real jobs.

FM

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During today’s PMQ‘s Mr Alexander (Rt Hon Douglas Alexander Labour Paisley and Renfrewshire South) said with regards to the Europe debate:

“The Opposition understand that the real agenda on certain Government Benches is not only to bring powers back, but to take rights away.”

Our government’s hidden agenda, would almost without a doubt, affect not only workers rights but those of benefit claimants too. Rather than change their new system to make it more fair and reduce the amount of claimants that have to appeal, they could take away our right of appeal, and without the European Court Of Human Rights to oversee our government, they will have full reins over the fate of all of us in England, no matter which party is in charge in the future.

And lets not forget who brought in the changes to our benefit system, it was the previous Labour government. Labour may well be saying that they want to stay in Europe but do they really? But then how could they be in opposition government if they agreed with what the coalition want? As Labour are mostly funded by Unions, do they want them to have to start fighting for workers rights again, our country will be moving backwards! Do Labour also have a hidden agenda?

People  have fought for people’s rights for decades and these could be lost in a matter of a couple of years if not sooner. In a nutshell, if we pull out of Europe, we are all screwed….aren’t we???

FM

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Lord Bach
Lord Bach said he was particularly concerned about the impact on disabled people

The government has been defeated by 201 to 191 in the House of Lords over plans to restrict legal aid.

Peers backed a motion by Labour’s Lord Bach accusing ministers of failing to honour a previous commitment on access to help in welfare cases.

Lord Bach said claimants appealing against a ruling on their welfare benefits would get no legal aid at the start of their case.

Ministers rejected the accusation and said no more concessions could be made.

Peers voted against the government on a piece of secondary legislation stemming from the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act, which was passed earlier this year.

Former Labour minister Lord Bach said the government had failed to honour an earlier commitment by former Lord Chancellor Kenneth Clarke to allow support in “point of law” cases at the first-tier tribunal level – the first stage of the tribunal process.

He said he was particularly concerned about the impact on disabled people making their initial appeal against a decision by the Department for Work and Pensions on their benefit entitlement.

‘Highest priority’

“No government, whatever its colour, should be allowed to get away with this. An undertaking to Parliament must be kept,” Lord Bach said.

Liberal Democrat Baroness Doocey, who backed the motion, warned: “The government’s present proposals will be catastrophic for many thousands of people.”

She said ministers had not “honoured either the spirit or the letter” of its commitment.

“The conditions it has laid down for legal aid to be available require so many planets to be in conjunction that in practice it is doubtful that the vast majority of claimants could ever meet them.”

Justice Minister Lord McNally said the government had listened but any further concessions would “affect the fundamental objectives” of plans to cut costs – the government wants to save £350m a year on legal aid by 2015.

The Lib Dem peer said: “Having listened carefully to the arguments we agreed to make available legal aid for advice and assistance for welfare benefit appeals on a point of law in the upper tribunal.

“In addition we agreed to make legal aid available for advice, assistance and representation for welfare benefit onward appeals in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

“At no point in progressing our… reforms did we say it is our intention for all first-tier welfare benefit appeals to receive legal aid.

“The government’s position throughout has been that in these economic times we need to target legal aid at cases of the highest priority and where it is needed most.”

http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-20588876?post_id=1321193785_514850055206664